Economic downturn fuels passport demand

via Economic downturn fuels passport demand | SW Radio Africa by Tichaona Sibanda  January 8, 2014

The emerging economic crisis in the country since last year’s elections is fuelling demand for passports, an indication that more Zimbabweans might be preparing to seek refuge outside the country.

Lionel Saungweme, SW Radio Africa’s correspondent in Bulawayo said that since the beginning of the year, the Registrar General’s offices have been besieged with people applying for new passports and Emergency Travel Documents.

“Others are trying to renew their expired passports and it’s a struggle to get service at the registrar’s office because it’s always packed with people queuing for the same service,” he said.

An ordinary Zimbabwean passport costs US$50 while other regional countries charge less than US$30 for the same document. But faced with heavy demand, the Passport Office has assigned priority to those willing to pay US$253 dollars to obtain an emergency passport in three days, or even US$318 for one-day service.

“Even with the exorbitant charges people are flocking to the passport offices and the officials are failing to cope with the sheer numbers,” Saungweme added.

The correspondent said it appears the failing economy seems to be sending thousands packing to neighbouring countries. Although the economic and political situation had improved marginally during the period of the inclusive government, things have not been the same since ZANU PF ‘won’ the elections that were disputed by the opposition parties.

While analysts agree that few people are fleeing political repression, many others are contemplating escaping the affects of the failing economy and poor service delivery.

 

 

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    tsuro magena 8 years ago

    Garai ikoko, musawuye kuno(Stay there, do not come here) Ko nyika inozosara nani…kikikiki tight.”If Mugabe wins things will be alright and all the money from diamonds will start coming out and Zimbabwe will be “mushe”, The western world is now desperate and now wants to normalise relations with Zimbabwe” so my pro Zanu empowered uncle used to say. Like Vultures we wait.

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    Murimi Wanhasi 8 years ago

    @Tsuro.Let them come there.We dont want them here.
    Maybe u can even start an employment agency for nappy changers there?
    Good riddance to bad rubbish

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    bingo wajakata 8 years ago

    Murimi Wanhasi, what a name and how ironic! What the f*** are you doing importing food (probably GMO laced) from South Africa. Who would have believed that the nation of the kwacha would export to Zimbabwe. Oh my country, oh my mother land, how the mighty we have fallen! I hope comrade Murimi Wanhasi is farming edible crops not tsine and other noxious weeds or worse still gold panning and destroying the future of your grand children by silting rivers and dams! I say your because mine will not be coming back to Zimland, I now have a new home and I am happy here.

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    Murimi Wanhasi 8 years ago

    @Bingo.Good stay there.

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    zimbabwean 8 years ago

    @Murimi Wanhasi
    What you dont know comrade Murimi Wanhasi or however they address you as, is that the only people left in the Zimland are the old, the sick and the imbeciles. I wonder which group is yours, my strongest guese is the last group. Let me enlight you on what is happening in the diaspora. Many people who left Zimland as nobodies (because Zim has nothing to offer)have empowered themselves through education and entreprenuership. Many Zimbabweans are in the economic driving seats of many countries, its a shame we cannot come and drive the Zim economy because it is dead.

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      chandifa 8 years ago

      @ZIMBABWEAN.Ey you getoff how dare you call zimbabweans imbeciles if you do don’t own fortune and fame just shut up and buzz off .here we are just jovial probably rich than you are you so called zimbabwean.latest cars here are what we drive and live happy live not even near to racists

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    zimbabwean 8 years ago

    @Murimi Wanhasi
    Coming to you again Comrade, do you know why the Zim economy is dead?. The reason why the economy of our beloved country is dead is because of Mugabe and his group of barbaric and lunatic imbeciles like you Murimi Wanhasi. You and your pampers wearing dictator killed our economy. Asika vakuru vakati chisingapere chinoshura, uchationa hako gore ratichauyako iwe Murimi wanhasi. Upabatisise ipapo